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The wage gap and the leisure gap for double-earner couples

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  • Miriam Beblo

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  • Julio Robledo

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Empirical research has consistently shown that, on average, men are paid higher wages than women. At the same time, men enjoy more leisure time than women. We develop a model of private provision of family public goods to analyze whether the wage gap and the leisure gap are related. Within a nonco- operative framework, different bargaining power situations within a couple are considered which lead to different empirical hypotheses. With data from the German Socio-Economic Panel we focus on the leisure gap and the wage gap within double earner couples and in this way are able to discriminate among the theoretical models. Our random effects estimates show that husbands have a stronger bargaining position and this advantage results in them enjoying, other things equal, more leisure time that their wives.
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  • Miriam Beblo & Julio Robledo, 2008. "The wage gap and the leisure gap for double-earner couples," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 21(2), pages 281-304, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:21:y:2008:i:2:p:281-304
    DOI: 10.1007/s00148-006-0132-5
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    2. Tien Manh Vu, 2015. "Home appliances and gender gap of time spent on unpaid housework: evidence using household data from Vietnam," OSIPP Discussion Paper 15E002, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University.
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    Keywords

    Gender wage gap; Leisure; Private provision of public goods; J22; J16; H41;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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